The If I Were a Boy Songfacts says: Toby Gad and BC Jean penned this. This is the only song on I Am… Sasha Fierce that Beyoncé didn't co-write. BC Jean, whose real name is Britney Carlson, is a singer-songwriter from San Diego, California. According to Fox News, after Beyonce's people got wind of this song, possibly through Gad, they aggressively pursued the publishing rights to what they saw as a potential hit record. .